Two elite welterweight fighters are chartered to throw down. Stephen Thompson vs Belal Muhammad will fight in the last event of 2021.
Stephen Thompson, who is ranked #5 is matched up with Belal Muhammad, ranked #9 in the welterweight rankings. The two fighters are most likely to take on each other in a very intriguing battle for three rounds. The fight is set to take place on the 18th of December. Like many UFC Fight Nights this year, this event also is most likely to happen at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MMA Junkie was the first to report news about this welterweight matchup. The two fighters are looking to climb up the rankings and earn themselves a title shot among the other title-shot-worthy opponents in the division. The welterweight division has some of the best fighters in the UFC roster and the competition keeps getting bigger for the up-and-coming fighters.
Can Stephen Thompson get the better of Belal Muhammad?
“Wonderboy” is a two-time title challenger and one of the best strikers in the UFC. The elite kickboxer is a favorite to win the fight against the #9 welterweight fighter. Thompson is coming off a defeat against another former title contender, Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. Thompson has a record of 16-5-1 in his entire professional MMA career. The fighter is a veteran and will most likely look to finish his opponent in the upcoming fight to put him back in the top spots.
Meanwhile, Belal is coming off an impressive four-fight winning streak. His most recent victory comes against welterweight legend Damian Maia at UFC 263 in 2021. Despite being a very technical fighter, Muhammad has never managed to get many finishes in his UFC career. The fighter has managed to finish his opponents only twice in the five years of fighting for the promotion.
Stephen Thompson vs Belal Muhammad will be on the undercard of the much-anticipated heavyweight fight between Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus. The event also hosts a stunning fight between Angela Hill and Amanda Lemos.